Thomas Ultican

I have joined with other like minded educators and supporters of public education to stop the destroy-public-education movement; financed by billionaire “philanthropists” over the past more than three decades. I see their push to end democratic control of local schools as a step toward plutocracy.

The education historian, writer and scholar, Diane Ravitch, recently stated, “Tom Ultican, retired teacher of physics and advanced mathematics, has become a scholar of the privatization movement.” She also noted, “Tom Ultican has been writing a series of brilliant studies of cities where the Destroy Public Education Movement is busily undermining and privatizing its public schools…”

I taught high school physics and mathematics in a school with more the 50% EL’s and 75% Title 1 students where I saw first hand that poverty is the biggest problem facing today’s students and their schools.

In 1999, I got tired of doing research in Silicon Valley and decided to teach. I like technology and have used it to enhance my teaching, but isolating youths at screens responding to computer algorithms is destructive of creativity, authentic learning and social growth. That style of education technology is merely profiteering.

Teaching is the hardest job I ever had and I loved it!

12 Responses to “Thomas Ultican”

  1. March 18, 2017 at 12:39 am #

    Thank you for helping me smile! NGSS are unintelligible! I am a retiring Az Chemistry/Physics teacher who actually wants to teach 3rd and 4th grade math/science.

    I was attempting to sort out how do I make this happen in my current 8th grade class and was getting ill thinking I had become too old. I am reassured now.

    Those thing would terrify any poor parent wanting to understand what is being taught.

    My administrators keep telling me to dumb it down and follow it all at the same time which is not possible.

    The 8th grade math teachers are mad at me “for stealing their thunder”. I try to explain math is one of many languages (equations, graphs and charts, word descriptions, images, 3d models) and modeling methods and I MUST use it ready or not!

    meanwhile my very deeply christian students of my current 8th grade class are really pissed off by ALL THE EVOLUTION. I don’t need to die to know hell!

    The math teacher is pissed because i need to teach the math to make the models.

    No one understands the damned standards, I am not faking it, so my integrity burns as everyone blow smoke up each others rear parts. I look like I don’t know what I am doing.
    “DEFINED STEM” IS NO WHERE CLOSE TO BEING AN ALL INCLUSIVE one stop shop. and it is not easy, done, realistic, and it just slick marketing. Many STEM NGSS products on the market are also facades. PHET being the exception. (and they don’t charge figure that?)

    Math and science are the coolest stuff ever. Pure joy! and this new endless testing and top down operation are stealing my life joy from me!

    Thank you for helping me feel less alone.

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  2. Pierian Spring June 4, 2018 at 3:17 am #

    You remind me of this anti-privatization crusader in Philadelphia— exhaustive research on the entangling alliances between business and school boards and privatization organizations – do you know her work?


  3. john Bill May 9, 2019 at 6:02 pm #



  4. Cathy O'Leary Carey May 29, 2019 at 3:28 am #

    Mr. Ultican,

    I was learning about DPE and the danger to public education when the San Diego Free Press closed down.
    Where should I go to be able to read your articles as I did with Free Press?


    • Cathy O"Leary Carey February 5, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

      Mr. Ultican,

      Where do I go to read your posts?


      • tultican February 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

        They are all available at


      • Cathy O'Leary Carey February 7, 2020 at 12:01 am #

        Thank you.
        I look forward to reading your posts and appreciate the work you are doing to keep us informed about the DPE movement.



  5. Colleen February 5, 2020 at 3:30 am #

    I am thrilled to find the wealth of resources contained in this website. Thank you for putting words to the struggle!

    Liked by 1 person

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